Using GPS on rides

Please note: My information is a compliment to the official maps (if available), not a replacement for them

Access for each map/ride includes GPX files for that map.

You can use your smart phone as a GPS on all the rides on my website, by using my .gpx files. My .gpx files are supplied with my route summary sheets. I advise the diversions in place (if any) when I made the recording. Other .gpx files you can find on the Internet do not advise this, meaning you can follow the GPS as ridden. There may have been a diversion that is no longer in place, or you follow the rider off the Trail on a bypass, or shortcut. My website also lists all the separate .gpx files available, which enables you to pick and choose rides to suit you.

I suggest that .gpx files loaded into your GPS or smart phone are not your primary navigational device. Use the official maps and the markers on the trail as your main navigation tool, with a hard copy of my route sheet summaries or GPS as a back up. The .gpx files will reflect what I rode, not what the Trail should be. You shouldn't need mobile phone coverage to use GPS. My .gpx files should only be a back up - it will only tell you if you are on the Trail or not. Tracking your route on a smart phone only will chew through the battery as well- my phone would not last 1 full days ride with the screen on all the time. If your phone goes flat, can you still navigate?

To get the route on your smart phone:
Go on to my website using your computer and access the ride you want. If you use your phone it will automatically open the downloaded file and this will be harder to save.
Go to the "Route Sheets" tab.
Select the entire route e.g. Map 1 or Carinyah Circuit.
Click "Download GPX File" button underneath the map. (For info on Route Summary Sheets, see separate page).
In your downloads file, select the downloaded files and send them to your phone - I usually attach them to an email that I send to my phone.
Once my .gpx email is open on your phone, tap on the .gpx attachment and save it in your navigating tool ( eg Cyclemeter). My iPhone asks me what applications I want to save it to, but I am not sure about yours. It is now saved in the "library" of routes.
When you want to cycle that saved route, in Cyclemeter I select the route from the "library" and it will load the route on the screen. The map will tell you if you are on the route or not. You are navigating from the MBTF map and route markers, and the GPS is just a back up, so you should only be referring to your smart phone occasionally.
Note  - my gpx files are usually an amalgamation of several rides into one "map". Although I may label the file "Kep Track" it may revert to the first ride name in the file when loaded e.g. Northam to Mundaring. You  may have to  relabel it when it is on your phone - a small hassle but not the end of the world.
If you get stuck.....I can email you the .gpx files.

To see a short video on how to do it look at the below Youtube clip I found on the Internet:

Please do not contact me with "how do I do...." questions in regards to apps and smart phones- I do not know. Please Google it. I just record the data on the trails!

Remember, navigating with your smart phone will chew through the battery and it can be up to 2 days ride between power points. Be prepared, and always have maps as your primary navigational source.  Turn off all background apps and keep your phone in Airplane mode – you'll still be able to access the GPS. This will prolong the life of your battery.

Note: my iPhone will switch off if sitting in the sun on a hot day, because it has over heated. It last happened in Dec 2015, on a 34 degree day. Obviuosly, you want the phone where it is visible, which means it gets the Sun. But if it overheats, it is then useless.

Always check for diversions before you go - see here (applicable to rides part of the Munda Biddi only)

Why use my .gpx files? Because I rode the Trail exactly and recorded the date and any diversions (if any) in place when I rode it. The .gpx files you get off the Net simply record where the last guy rode - you don't know if he cut sections out, got lost, rode a diversion or rode a different way for whatever reason.

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